The Lucille & Edward R. Roybal Foundation Youth Initiative is a collaborative project that brings together public policy leaders, schools, law enforcement professionals and most importantly the voices of our youth.
The Roybal Youth Initiative expertly fashions safe spaces for open dialogue, creating an organic community where the voices of our youth are heard, valued, and engaged, in meaningful discourse and interaction.
Congressman Edward R. Roybal co-founded the Community Service Organization (CSO) along with Antonio Rios, and Fred Ross, Sr. in 1947. It was founded due to police abuse, lack of educational opportunities, and the lack of political voice in the Latino community.
The CSO first and most important agenda was civic engagement through the powerful empowerment tool of voting in ethical and committed candidates in minority areas. The hard work of CSO paid off when Edward Roybal was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1949. He was the first Latino to service on the Los Angeles City Council. The CSO trained leaders like Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta to unite people and make great strides and changes in their community.
Today more than ever, the objectives and goals of the CSO model of empowering a new generation of ethical and prepared leaders are relevant and in demand.